Ross Lake National Recreation Area, North Cascades National Park

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#5 of 10 in Nature in North Cascades National Park
Ross Lake National Recreation Area is located in North Cascades National Park. Use our North Cascades National Park online tour itinerary planner to add Ross Lake National Recreation Area and other attractions to your North Cascades National Park vacation plans.
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  • Ross Lake is an interesting area. The color of the water is beautiful. There is a nice hike down to the damn and over the other side that goes by the floating cabins. I bet it would be a great place t...  more »
  • We made this stop just to see what it had to offer photographically. It was a pleasant surprise! The water was such a beautiful teal blue, but so clear you could see the rocks underneath the surface. ...  more »
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  • The color of the water is very unique! And no: it is not due to an overgrowth of algae as someone told me. An Interpretive Sign explains that the color arises from glacial grinding of rock and a resultant "rock flour" suspended in water that reacts to sunlight. If you have the time drive across Diablo Dam. You'll have a dam good time.
  • The blue you see in the pictures is legit. There are many trails in this area. Not too difficult either. My gf and I chose thunder knob. We didn't finish the hike because we stopped about half way and got drunk :p. Can't wait to go back and stay longer.

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